IFA's Franchise Congress dominates congressional recess activities: educated and motivated members reach out to their lawmakers throughout the year to build quality relationships.

Author:Nethercutt, Meredith
Position:ADVOCACY in ACTION
 
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Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate were home in their states and districts for the 2011 August District Work Period until Labor Day. This month-long break provided a unique opportunity for franchise businesses to communicate with elected officials on such critical issues as health care. This was also a perfect time for the International Franchise Association's Franchise Congress key contacts to continue to build relationships with members of Congress.

IFA Advocates Engage Lawmakers

Through the Franchise Congress elite advocacy program. educated and motivated members reach out to their lawmakers throughout the year to build quality relationships. Here's what franchising's key contacts were doing over the August recess to engage with their elected officials:

* Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Scott Baumbach and Two Men And A Truck franchise owner in Madison, Wis., Tim Lightner, met during the Secretary's site visit, which provided an ideal opportunity to talk about state regulations affecting franchises.

* Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), a freshman member of Congress, was hosted by BFC--Integrated Print Management Director of Franchise Accounts Craig Eldridge, CFE, of Batavia, Ill. and educated about franchising.

* Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) attended a local Chamber town hall event that was hosted by ValPak. ValPaK Senior Advisor Joe Bourdow, CFE, of Largo, Fla. heard Sen. Nelson discuss small-business issues.

* Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) attended an area legislative summit and incorporated points of view from Two Men And A Truck franchise owner Eileen Marrison of Lincoln, Neb. on health care for small businesses.

* Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) heard from DOC & Associates President "Doc" Cohen, CFE, of Tomball, Texas, who discussed a variety of small-business issues, ranging from the debt ceiling debate to immigration, during a lengthy dinner in the district with...

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